When it comes to making money off traffic tickets, Warwick has no equal in the state of Georgia. Warwick has only 416 people, but took in almost $1.3 million in traffic fines over the last five years. That comes to over $3,100 for every man, woman, and child in Warwick.
Bill Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, wrote to Gov. Chris Christie last week in support of extending the red-light camera program, which is set to expire in December. Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), the state’s foremost critic of red-light cameras, called the League “completely misinformed and morally bankrupt.”
In the near future 20 intersections in Albany will be equipped with cameras that will snap a picture and mail off a court summons or a fine to the car that ran through the red light. But for every person who supported this measure another person was against it.
Rob Gawley says he’s a very careful driver, and he’s meticulous about following traffic regulations. That’s why he was so surprised when he received a notice in the mail — a “Failure to Observe Signal” ticket — saying he and his truck ran a red light in Newark on July 30.
Two grass roots researchers are questioning the accuracy of red-light camera data that state officials will use next year to decide whether to keep the controversial program. The state DOT is nearing the end of a five-year-pilot program to collect data from cameras in 24 municipalities to determine the future of red-light cameras.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation needs $400 million more per year to get the state’s highways back in shape. The increase could take the form of a larger gas tax, a vehicle miles traveled tax, the return of $300 million that was moved from the state highway trust fund to the general fund or a bond issue. John Bowman, communications director at the National Motorists Association, said the gasoline tax is the fairest way to pay for roads and bridges. “Plugging transportation funding gaps calls for raising the fuel tax and making sure that revenue generated for transportation projects actually goes toward those projects,” Bowman said.
The problem, according to City Council member Philip Kingston, is that red-light cameras seek to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. In response to a presentation to the Dallas City Council’s public safety committee about extending the city’s current red-light contract, Kingston suggested doing things that will actually cause fewer people to run red lights, like extending yellow light times, a tactic that has led to fewer violations, and fewer wrecks, in other cities.
A parking enforcement aide was slapped with a 29-day suspension for threatening to “aggressively ticket” the personal vehicles of Chicago Police officers in retaliation for an “unfair” parking ticket issued to a co-worker, the city’s inspector general disclosed Thursday.
A group of St. Charles County activists has organized a committee to support the St. Charles County Charter Amendment to ban red-light cameras. The Charter Amendment, which will appear on the November 4th ballot under the heading “Proposition Red Light Camera”, would restrict red-light cameras or similar photograph devices or automated traffic enforcement systems from enforcing traffic regulations adopted by St. Charles County or by any municipality within St. Charles County.